Day 6: Fort Myers, Fla.
Athletics - posted on 3/18/2009Assistant director of sports information Chris Lindeke brings you daily coverage from Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, Fla., where the Lakeland baseball team will play 12 games in seven days between Sunday, March 15, and Saturday, March 21.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was a busy day of baseball, but it wasn't a great day for Lakeland baseball, as the Muskies fell twice
at the hands of Babson (11-6 score) and Bethel (22-3, seven innings).
But there were a few bright spots, Lakeland coach Chris Thousand told me after the JV team finished its seven-inning contest against Bethel.
Freshman Garrett Morris, the starting pitcher in Game 1, wasn't impressive statistically, but pitched seven innings, the furthest any Lakeland pitcher has gone so far this season.
Thousand was particularly pleased with Morris' work ethic and ability to make self-adjustments on the mound. The Janesville native looked particularly poised out there for being in his first collegiate start, and just his second appearance.
In the JV team's 2-0 loss, senior Travis Chell went the distance, allowing just two runs in six innings.
Thousand said Chell's ability to throw strikes and work quickly was extremely impressive. Chell, a Grantsburg native who is normally a first baseman, has had little work on the mound. He has about five bags of ice for healing tonight. He did a great job.
Freshman third baseman Stephen Kalina (Lake Villa, Ill.) was 2-for-2 with a double. Sophomore left fielder Roberto Flores (Milwaukee), who is also a wide receiver on the LC football team, was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.
There isn't much to discuss beyond that. The three games of baseball spanned from about 7:30 this morning (EST), when the team left for the field, to about 7:30 p.m., when the team got back to the hotel.
It was then that assistant coach Matthew Andrews rounded up the freshmen to wash the team uniforms at a laundromat across the street. Because of a poor performance earlier this week, when the uniforms came out dirty, he made sure the players knew what they were doing this time.
When we walked in after grabbing a bite to eat, it looked like an assembly line was formed. Assistant coach Ed Michael even added a rousing, finely-tuned rendition of, "This is the way we wash the clothes" for motivation.
The weather was overcast and cool for the second consecutive day. You won't hear anyone from the state of Wisconsin complaining about 60- and 70-degree weather in March, though.
That's all for today. The photo below, courtesy of student manager Megan Andrews, is of Morris in Game 1.
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